IUI, or intrauterine insemination, is a relatively simple fertility treatment. It may be done with or without fertility drugs. The procedure itself involves transferring specially washed semen directly into the uterus via a thin catheter.
The goal of IUI is to increase the number of sperm that reach the fallopian tubes and subsequently increase the chance of fertilization.
IUI provides the sperm an advantage by giving it a head start, but still requires a sperm to reach and fertilize the egg on its own.
The most common reasons for IUI are a low sperm count or decreased sperm mobility.
However, IUI may be selected as a fertility treatment for any of the following conditions as well:
When considering fertility treatments above and beyond fertility drug use, IUI may be the first tried. It's easier to do than assisted reproductive technologies like IVF. It also costs much less.
The cost of IUI in India is very low as an IUI cycle can cost as little as 5,000 rupees. However, even if you require just one cycle, you can expect to spend between 5,000 and 10,000 rupees as you will require ultrasounds and other tests before the IUI treatment process can begin. The price, however, varies considerably from clinic to clinic.
What you pay will depend on your insurance coverage, and whether the price quoted by the clinic is only the procedure itself or also includes fertility drugs, blood work, and ultrasound monitoring.
Even so, IUI is still considerably cheaper than IVF.